Not the world actually, just our perception of it.
We think things are going to work out.
We believe things are going to go our way.
We hope that our lot will continue to grow.
We trust that things will get better.
All the while we neglect the truth of suffering. Dissatisfaction runs deep, it is all-pervasive. We know that things are impermanent. We know that all conditioned things are going to let us down. We know that we never get anywhere when we are caught up in praise or blame, gain or loss.
We know things things to be true, yet we continue to hope things are somehow going to work out in the end.
Contemplate the truth of suffering. Really, honestly think about it. The only way out is to eliminate our own ignorance, bias and confusion. No one is going to do this for us. It is we who deceive ourselves.
That doesn't mean give up. Not at all. It means that we shouldn't be surprised when we encounter the truth of suffering. It means that this fight is not over, it will never be over.
It will never be over. And we vow to continue to take rebirth here until all beings are liberated from the cycle of suffering.
That is the promise. That is what we are doing here.
I am not surprised. Now it is time to get back to work.